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'Rival' senators to be stranded on island in Survivor-style reality TV show

Washington has gotten so terrible that two senators are willingly sending themselves to a remote island with almost no supplies. And you thought your job was bad?

Technically, Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) are hoping to send a positive message about the potential for bipartisanship when they appear this fall on Discovery Channel's one-hour special, Rival Surivival. The show will drop the two lawmakers on an uninhabited island for one week, where they will have to forage for food, shelter, and water, all while enduring the elements and keeping watch for the dreaded filibuster.

From Discovery's press release:

Disconnected from the world on an uninhabited island surrounded by shark infested waters that mirror the seemingly treacherous terrain of the U.S. Congress, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) must put their political differences aside and work together for six days and six nights to find common ground through compromise if they want to survive. [TVByTheNumbers]

There are 100 members of the Senate. None of them are sharks.